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Seeing the attractive older lady on the block naked. It's a fantasy most men have harbored since boyhood. Playboy brings this timeless erotic vision to life with sizzling behind-the-scenes footage from our sexiest amateur model search ever.

Rated NR

Widescreen 1.78:1/16x9
Fullscreen 1.33:1
English Stereo
Not Closed-captioned

Runtime: 66 min.
Price: $19.98
Release Date: 9/20/2005

• Two Bonus Housewives
• “Behind the Fire” Featurette
• Photo Gallery


Sony 36" WEGA KV-36FS12 Monitor; Sony DA333ES Processor/Receiver; Panasonic CV-50 DVD Player using component outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Sony SA-WM40 Subwoofer.


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Playboy: Playboy's Hottest Housewives (2005)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 27, 2005)

Never ones to let a popular trend pass them by, America’s most famous girlie magazine capitalizes on the success of Desparate Housewives with their newest DVD, Playboy’s Hottest Housewives. The program uses a format that’s become standard for this type of Playboy piece. It takes on a pseudo-documentary feel as it shows the models while they pose for the cameras.

Hottest features 12 women. This group starts with Wendy Drinkwater (31 years old from Rhode Island) and progresses through Angi Yangas (25, Illinois), Laura Grillo (25, Pennsylvania), Tamara Martinez (31, California), Cristina Bazan (33, California), Angie Marton (24, Arizona), Heidi Hanson (24, North Carolina), Tami Paz (35, Arizona), Kathy Sander (37, Iowa), Loree Bischoff (43, Arizona), Sondra Holloway (31, Michigan) and Michelle Baena (32, California).

As we watch the models pose, they also chat about themselves. They talk about their family lives, their kids, and other personal elements. In addition, we hear from some Playboy personnel. We get notes from photographers Arny Freytag and George Georgiou, photography director Gary Cole, and senior photo editor Kevin Kuster.

Here’s what I learned about housewives from this product:

1) Many housewives aren’t actually housewives. By definition, a housewife is supposed to be a married woman who doesn’t have work outside the home. Half of the models here aren’t married; they range from never wed to separated to divorced. Most of them have jobs as well.

All have children, but bearing offspring doesn’t make one a housewife. Pretty sure the “wife” part of that means you have to be married. Why not make this Magnificent MILFs instead of Hottest Housewives? Because “MILFs” doesn’t connect to the most popular show on TV, that’s why. I realize I’m griping about semantics here, but it bugs me.

2) Housewives love silicon. Not a single one of the show’s 12 models sports her original breasts. Granted, I know that breast-feeding messes with that area, but there must be some good-looking moms out there with her natural equipment. Some of the fake boobs look better than others, but I find it disheartening that this program goes 100 percent artificial.

3) Bearing children ages you badly. One of the models is in her early forties, but many of the others look like they’re in that age bracket. I thought many of the models seemed oddly weathered given their actual youth.

Surely with all the housewives in the country, Playboy could have rounded up a better crop than this. Not that everything’s a disappointment. Despite her implants, I really liked Grillo. She was easily the class of the crop, as she was very beautiful and sexy.

Otherwise, none of the models stood out in a positive way to me. I don’t want to sound overly critical and attack the women. I simply thought they weren’t up to usual Playboy standards. It probably doesn’t help that the first two models – Drinkwater and Yangas – are two of the most annoying women to ever appear in a Playboy program. Drinkwater is whiny and obnoxious, and not the brightest bulb either; when asked for three words to describe herself, she replies, “I’m a hot little French fry.” Honey, that’s more than three words – and it’s a bizarre phrase to boot.

Yangas is actually quite pretty, but she has a frighteningly low voice. She’s also much more impressed with her personality than I am. She fancies herself as a dynamic jokester, but she’s really just annoying. None of the others come across as this irritating or off-putting – with the exception of Grillo, they simply aren’t very impressive.

The format doesn’t help. This whole pseudo-documentary style is getting very old. Some programs balance it better than others. As I’ve mentioned in other reviews, the Women of Starbucks DVD is excellent. It mixes scenes of the photo shoots with candid moments of the women in different scenarios. Of course, Starbucks succeeds largely because it provides a terrific roster of models, but the format also doesn’t shoot itself in the foot; the various elements add up to a satisfying combination of photo shoots and personal situations.

Housewives lacks that mix, as it focuses exclusively on the photo shoots. These become tedious, and the photographic style makes things worse. The camera moves constantly and threatens to make us nauseous. I suppose this is an attempt to add life to the product, but it simply comes across as chaotic and distracting.

Ultimately, Playboy’s Hottest Housewives is a major disappointment. I usually like these “Women of…” products, but this one presents a lackluster roster of models and few interesting scenarios. It’s not an interesting piece.

The DVD Grades: Picture C+/ Audio C/ Bonus C

Playboy’s Hottest Housewives appears in an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 on this single-sided, single-layered DVD; due to those dimensions, the image has not been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. Like most Playboy products, this was a watchable program but not anything special.

Sharpness seemed somewhat erratic. Most of the shots were reasonably concise and well-defined, but more than a few exceptions occurred. The program appeared acceptably crisp for the most part, but this failed to become a rule, as many scenes looked a bit loose and without great delineation. Minor examples of jagged edges and shimmering occurred, and only mild edge enhancement was apparent. Source flaws seemed absent, though video artifacting popped up during interior shots.

Colors stayed natural. The hues looked about the way I’d expect from a videotaped program: acceptably distinctive but not especially lively. The colors rarely faltered, but they also didn’t often seem terribly vivid. Blacks also were erratic, as some shots showed pretty deep dark tones but others were inkier. Shadow detail depended entirely on the shooting conditions and usually was moderately weak. Overall, the program looked mostly average for this sort of piece.

As for the stereo soundtrack of Playboy’s Hottest Housewives, it offered the kind of mix I expected. Actually, compared to the essentially monaural tracks found on most Playboy releases, it was a bit above average. Dialogue and effects stayed in the center, but the music that constantly accompanied the action showed pretty good stereo imaging.

Audio quality was acceptable and nothing more. Speech consistently came across as reasonably natural and crisp, though some mild edginess occurred. Effects were a minor component, as they had little to do in the production. Except for the distorted explosions that accompanied transitions, they were clean and accurate when they appeared. Music played a much more active - though still background - role. The various songs ran virtually constantly through the program and they showed reasonable vivacity. The music displayed decent range and presented nice low-end response. Granted, no one watches a Playboy video for the immersive audio experience, but I still thought this track didn’t deserve anything above a “C“.

When we head to the extras, we start with two Bonus Housewives. We get clips that spotlight Karen Lister (four minutes, 11 seconds – 42, California) and Tasha Christensen (4:00 – 43, California). Both segments use the same format seen in the main program, with whatever positives and negatives that brings. Neither does much for me, partially because once again, they both sport implants. That makes the women on this DVD 14 for 14 – fake boobs across the board!

A Photo Gallery provides 76 stills of the 14 models, whole Behind the Heat gives us a neat little featurette that looks at the magazine cover shoot. It runs four minutes, 26 seconds and presents notes from senior photo editor Kevin Kuster, photography director Gary Cole, and models Heidi Hanson, Sondra Holloway, Laura Grillo and Angi Yangas. It offers an interesting look at this side of the process.

Although I often like this kind of program, Playboy’s Hottest Housewives was a serious clunker. Between a lackluster set of models and annoying production values, there was little to make the show worthwhile. The DVD offers average picture, audio and extras. Skip this weak release and stick with any of the many better Playboy discs out there.

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